We have supercomputers. We have computer simulations. Some simulations can be quite accurate. Now I have three questions to ask:
- Is it possible that algorithms and computational power can grow to a point that a physical world can be simulated continuously?
- Is it possible that a sentimental entity can be simulated in such a system, if it exists?
- If such a simulation can be achieved, can we consider the machine simulating the entity a sentimental machine?
- Is it possible for the entity within the emulation tell if it is emulated?
- Is it possible that the world we currently exist in emulated? If so can we detect the emulation?
Recently I came to the film, Bridge to Terabithia. The 2007 film, I know, after 7 years I finally came through it.
Being a Disney/Walden production given the trailer (which I just heard of, not actually seen,) it is believed to be something as much a magic show as Narnia but, well, it is definitely not.
Continue reading Review: Bridge to Terabithia
I am a OS X user, and I am also a Linux user. OS X packs FreeBSD user land, Linux packs GNU user land. Somehow I managed to like OS X, but also GNU user land.
That is why I am always trying to replace my OS X FreeBSD user land with GNU equivalents. That will involve some heavy-duty compiling and checking. Tiring, but rewarding as my scripts can work on both systems.
One missing piece I tried to port but never succeed is Ubuntu’s bash-completion package which is makes bash super easy to use.
I have a thing of running my Raspberry Pi headless, using Raspbian Server Edition. Current versions of Raspbian Server Edition is sort of old now, though.
I am preparing two forks of Raspbian Server Edition, both based on upstream version 2.5:
- RSE 2.5NK: Based on RSE 2.5, latest bootloader, kernel is from rpi-update.
- RSE 2.5AC: Based on RSE 2.5, latest bootloader, kernel have Wolfson Audio Card support.
- RSE 2.5NK+: Based on NK, added command-line GPIO utilities, LAMP stack and mod_suexec for apache. Intended to be used as a home automation hub.
- RSE 2.5AC+: Like NK+, but based on AC kernel. Intended to be used as a DLNA/AirPlay target or multipurpose guitar effect stompbox.
Stuff is still being assembled, and I will publish torrents and download links once it is finished.
After reading Wesley’s post about their problematic, data stealing router, I want to rant about mine.
In the neighbourhood I am living in, the only ISP is China Telecom.
For those who want a broadband connection, Telecom’s standard issue CPE is a combined EPON/Router device. The device establishes EPON and PPPoE connection for you, have built-in DHCP server and Wi-Fi access point, and seems to be a good all-in-one CPE.
Continue reading China Telecom EPON device, IPTV and TR069
Recently I started on that TV show. I am a 21-year-old but when I am stressed out I still, occasionally, watch Disney Channel shows.
This particular episode, however, caught my notice. It is about Austin finding out about a songwriting machine (or algorithm) that takes a few notes as its input, and spits out a whole pop-ish song.
Continue reading Review: Austin & Ally: “Future Sounds & Festival Songs”